International Trade

  • November 25, 2015

    Canada Faces $4.8B NAFTA Claim Over Marijuana Facility

    Canada is facing a $4.8 billion North American Free Trade Agreement claim from a company that sought to open the world’s largest medical marijuana facility, teeing up a fight over health authorities’ decision to reject its license application.

  • November 25, 2015

    Bio-Rad Will Ask 9th Circ. To Nix Whistleblower GC’s Claims

    Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. is planning to ask the Ninth Circuit to immediately review a California federal court’s recent refusal to toss claims in its former general counsel’s whistleblower suit alleging he was fired after reporting that company leadership potentially engaged in overseas bribery.

  • November 25, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Won't Alter Injury Findings In Wind Tower Case

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld the U.S. International Trade Commission's determination that certain wind towers from China and Vietnam had harmed domestic industry, even though four out of six ITC officials determined that domestic producers hadn’t been substantially harmed by the imports during the period of review.

  • November 25, 2015

    Wal-Mart Slams Class Cert. Bid In Mexico Bribery Suit

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. urged an Arkansas federal judge Tuesday not to certify a class of investors in a shareholder suit claiming it concealed the extent of the company’s possible bribery of Mexican officials.

  • November 25, 2015

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Members Clash Over Ag, E-Payments

    In Law360's look at the latest session of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body held Wednesday, Brazil's case against Indonesia's poultry ban hits a speed bump as members continue squabbling over older disputes focused on biotechnology, e-commerce and trademarks.

  • November 25, 2015

    Chile Wants E-Commerce, Competition Folded Into WTO Talks

    The Chilean government has voiced support for including issues like e-commerce, investment and competition in the next phase of the World Trade Organization's negotiating effort, pushing back against efforts to keep the talks more narrowly tailored amid persistent delays and stalls.

  • November 25, 2015

    New Trade Panel Chairman Girding For Extensive TPP Review

    The newly minted chairman of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee told Law360 on Tuesday that he intends to oversee an in-depth examination of the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership before the controversial pact receives a congressional vote.

  • November 25, 2015

    Alaska Pays $65M To Buy Out TransCanada LNG Contract

    Alaska has paid TransCanada Corp. $64.6 million to terminate a contract over a proposed liquefied natural gas project, moving the corporation’s share in the project over to the state, Gov. Bill Walker announced Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    Calif. Tech Firm Fined $1.5M For Violating Sanctions Regs

    U.S. authorities said Tuesday they have fined a California technology company and its U.K. subsidiary more than $1.5 million to settle allegations that they knowingly exported Web filtering and other software to Iran, Syria and Sudan, violating anti-terrorism export and sanctions regulations.

  • November 24, 2015

    International Trade MVP: Wiley Rein's Alan Price

    Wiley Rein LLP’s Alan Price has helped level the global playing field for clients such as steel titan Nucor by fighting unfair trade practices and leading the way as a trade policy advocate, earning him a spot among Law360’s 2015 International Trade MVPs.

  • November 24, 2015

    DC Circ. Clears MWI In Nigerian FCA Suit

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday overturned a jury’s trebled $22.5 million verdict in a False Claims Act suit against Moving Water Industries Corp. over what constitutes high commissions during a Nigerian purchase backed by federal loans, finding the company can’t violate a standard left vague by the government.

  • November 24, 2015

    Car Shippers Blast GM 'Ruse' To Keep Antitrust Claims Alive

    Maritime shippers told a New Jersey federal judge Tuesday that General Motors LLC's argument that it's not covered under a dismissal of multidistrict litigation alleging the shippers schemed to fix prices for transporting vehicles is a just a "ruse" to keep its claims alive.

  • November 24, 2015

    GOP Sens. Back Generic-Drug Imports As Prices Soar

    Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and John McCain of Arizona are calling on the Obama administration to loosen limits on prescription drug imports, a bid to undercut dramatic price increases for niche generics, according to a letter released Monday.

  • November 24, 2015

    Thompson Coburn Disavows Fall Of Anti-Terrorism Tech Firm

    Thompson Coburn LLP urged a Pennsylvania federal court Monday to dismiss claims brought by the Chapter 7 trustee of Valley Forge Composite Technologies Inc., saying its downfall stemmed from the CEO's decision to illegally sell military-grade components to China, not the law firm's actions.

  • November 24, 2015

    Auto Co. Asks ITC To Bar Certain Chinese-Made Chassis Parts

    Michigan-based Federal-Mogul Motorparts Corp. has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission seeking an order barring a Canadian company from importing allegedly patent-infringing, Chinese-made chassis parts, according to a notice to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • November 24, 2015

    US, China Tackle Banking Regs, Trade Secrets Squabbles

    A high-level summit between U.S. and Chinese government officials wrapped up Monday with the two sides touting modest progress on a wide array of bilateral trade issues, including the prevention of trade secret theft and Beijing's extensive security rules governing technology in its banking sector.

  • November 23, 2015

    Solar Company Takes Chinese Arbitration Fight To 9th Circ.

    Solar provider Sunvalley told the Ninth Circuit on Friday that it intends to appeal a lower court's ruling forcing it to arbitrate in Shanghai a contract dispute with two Chinese solar-cell manufacturers it claimed had waived arbitration.

  • November 23, 2015

    Enviros Tell DC Circ. $3.8B LNG Project Requires 2nd Look

    A coalition of environmental groups asked the D.C. Circuit on Friday to force the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to conduct another, more rigorous environmental study of a $3.8 billion Maryland liquefied natural gas export facility, saying the first study overlooked important consequences.

  • November 23, 2015

    DOD Proposes Tweak In ‘Buy American’ Acquisition Language

    The Department of Defense moved Friday to clarify the situations when government contracting officers should include in language their solicitations that promotes the use of American-made supplies.

  • November 23, 2015

    International Trade MVP: Skadden Arps' Ivan Schlager

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP’s Ivan Schlager secured a spot on Law360’s list of 2015 International Trade MVPs after he ushered in telecommunication deals that are impressive in both scope and size, such as Broadcom’s $37 billion semiconductor transaction and Nokia’s $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

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    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • A Closer Look At Fed. Circ.’s Ruling In ClearCorrect

    Lyle B. Vander Schaaf

    The Federal Circuit's majority opinion in ClearCorrect seems to provide a sweeping pronouncement regarding U.S. International Trade Commission jurisdiction, but the ITC likely will read the opinion narrowly to simply stand for the proposition that, where the only imported item is digital data that is transferred electronically from outside the U.S., the agency does not have jurisdiction, say Lyle Vander Schaaf and Yashas Honasoge o... (continued)

  • Cuba Is Open For Foreign Investment — Except From The US

    Arti Sangar

    To address its crumbling infrastructure challenge, the Cuban government has opened the door wide and hung a sign proclaiming: Foreign Investors Welcome. However, existing sanctions and the Helms-Burton Act mean U.S. investors and infrastructure developers will have to wait on the sidelines, say Arti Sangar and Chad Purdie at Diaz Reus & Targ LLP.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • FinCEN Expands Data Collection Geography Beyond Banking

    Heather A. Kabele

    Over the last 15 months the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has issued five geographic targeting orders aimed at data collection that reach beyond the traditional banking sector into the armored car, common carrier and fashion sectors, says Heather Kabele at Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Yates Memo May Help Gov't Get Foreign-Based Evidence

    Daniel Prince

    The process for obtaining foreign-based evidence that is outside the scope of a federal grand jury subpoena may become less complicated to the extent prosecutors condition cooperation credit under the Yates memorandum on the production of information that is housed overseas, including, for example, by a foreign affiliate, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • 13 Key Business Objectives For Corporate Legal Departments

    Joe Kanka

    Over the past 35 years, Joe Kanka has experienced the corporate legal department from many angles, including management positions at a major law firm litigation support center, two legal staffing companies, and inside AT&T and Bell Atlantic. Here, he shares his 13 key business objectives that corporate legal departments must strive for in today’s business environment.

  • A Closer Look At The Newly Discovered Cuban Food Market

    Jose A. Aquino

    A new spirit of cooperation between the U.S. and Cuba fills the air, but it remains to be seen whether the changes will fulfill the hopes of American agricultural exporters to develop a vibrant food export market in Cuba. The U.S. share of the Cuban food imports has collapsed as a result of the financial restrictions imposed by the embargo and the increased competition from countries that provide export credits to Cuba, says Jose A... (continued)

  • DC Circ. Leaves Commercial Speech Law In A Mess

    Celia Taylor

    By refusing to hear the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's conflict minerals rule case en banc, the D.C. Circuit has left the law concerning compelled disclosure in a muddle. This development could pose serious impediments for corporate social responsibility advocates who seek to use compelled disclosures to address a whole host of human rights issues, says professor Celia Taylor of Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.